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Toyota’s new “Haute” Hatch is the Latest Generation Corolla

Former Scion offering coming to New York International Auto Show.

by on Mar.23, 2018

The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback is laden with new safety and entertainment technology.

For much the past few years, we’ve watched automakers roll out new hatchbacks that were previously thought to be unpopular and, thus, not saleable.

As these small, but comfortable, roomy and surprisingly powerful throwbacks hit dealer lots and were gobbled up it created a new class of vehicle: the hot hatch.

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However, Toyota is jumping into the class with the Corolla, but is also looking to do it with its own special spin, with less focus on speed and power and more emphasis on technology, or as the company’s calling it, the haute hatch. (more…)

Toyota Scaling Back New Mexican Plant

Move driven by demand, not politics, automaker says.

by on Oct.26, 2017

Under the revised plan, Toyota will produce only the Tacoma at the new Mexican plant.

Toyota is scaling back by nearly a third its investment in a new plant in Mexico that will build some of its compact Tacoma pickup trucks, the Japanese automaker has confirmed.

The factory was originally set to cost $1 billion, a figure that will now be scaled back to $700 million. Production of Toyota’s Corolla sedan, which also was to go into the plant in Guanajuato, will now be moved to a new factory Toyota is setting up in the U.S.

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The decision comes at a time when President Donald Trump has been leaning hard on automakers to boost U.S. production and, in particular, move operations out of Mexico. But several Toyota executives stressed that the shift in production was not motivated by political pressure.


Toyota Delaying Launch of New Mexican Plant

Operations now set to begin in 2020.

by on Aug.10, 2017

Toyota will now produce its midsize Tacoma pickup truck at the new Mexican plant.

Toyota will push back by a year the planned opening of a new assembly plant in Mexico, a delay resulting from its decision to shift production for two key models.

The factory in Guanajuato, in central Mexico, was to have produced the popular Toyota Corolla. Instead, it will now build the Tacoma pickup. The Corolla, meanwhile, will move from a Toyota factory in Canada to a new plant Toyota is opening in the United States.

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“With the production model change to the Tacoma pickup, the start of production will consequently be in the first half of 2020,” rather than the originally scheduled production launch in 2019, a Toyota spokesman explained. “However, we will make our utmost effort to advance the timing in order to minimize the impact to suppliers and the local community.”


Still Number One: Corolla Turns 50

But its lead could be at risk.

by on Nov.07, 2016

The latest, 11th-generation Toyota Corolla remains the world's best-selling nameplate.

It is not just one of the longest-running nameplates in automotive history, but also the industry’s all-time best-seller. And as the Toyota Corolla celebrates its 50th anniversary, it remains the top-selling car on the planet.

But now in its eleventh generation, the question is whether Corolla will be able to maintain that momentum much longer in the face of growing competition. Perhaps the biggest challenge it faces, on a global basis, is soaring demand for utility vehicles at the expensive of sedans and other passenger car models.

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Corolla sales actually slipped 2.4% for the first nine months of this year. But the nameplate still held a substantial, 215,000 unit lead over its nearest competitor, the Volkswagen Golf, with little likelihood the compact Toyota will be toppled from its sales throne in the near-term.


Ford, Toyota to Invest Combined $3.5 Bil in Mexico

Makers join growing list of makers expanding ops South of the Border.

by on Apr.15, 2015

Toyota confirms it will build the next-generation Corolla model at a new plant in Mexico.

Following announcements of major investments in both Mexico and India, Ford Motor Co. is set to make a $2.5 billion bet closer to home. Meanwhile, Toyota Motor Co. has confirmed recent reports that it will invest $1 billion in a new Central Mexican plant to produce its compact Corolla model.

Toyota and Ford will join a growing list of manufacturers either entering or expanding operations in Mexico which is now one of the world’s largest producers of automobiles. That includes carmakers from Europe, Asia and Detroit, as well.

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While Ford is not officially confirming the announcement — stating it “cannot comment on future product or manufacturing plans” – Toyota North American CEO Jim Lentz said the new Corolla plant is part of a “strategic re-thinking of how and where we build our products will create new opportunities for our company, our business partners and our team members across the region.”


Toyota Eyes New Wave of Expansion

by on Apr.06, 2015

Toyota is expected to build the next-generation Corolla model at a new plant in Mexico.

With auto sales expected to increase in key market around the world, Toyota is apparently looking to expand its capacity by building new assembly plants in China and Mexico.

Press reports from Tokyo said that the Japanese auto giant anticipates investing $1.3 billion to build the new plants – a move that would reverse a ban on new factories imposed by Chairman Akio Toyoda when he took over as the company’s top executive.

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Just last week, senior Toyota officials announced the first part of their new growth plan, dubbed Toyota New Global Architecture, or TNGA. The use of the word was fitting, analysts noted, because a key step will be the introduction of new vehicle architectures, or platforms for at least half of its vehicles by 2020.


GM Invests $50 Million to Keep Compact Cruzing

Chevy Cruze faring well in tough market segment

by on May.02, 2014

At 46 mpg Chevy Cruze Turbo Diesel is one reason why the car is selling well in the very competitive segment.

With the next generation Cruze making its debut in China last month, General Motors has committed to building the next generation Cruze for North America in its big assembly complex in Lordstown, Ohio.

GM said is investing $50 million for a new flexible Trim Shop and upgrades to the Press Room at the Lordstown Complex for the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan.

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“This investment will enhance our customer responsiveness while providing our team with the tools and processes needed to be the best at building the next generation Cruze,” said Lordstown Plant Manager Bob Parcell. (more…)

Ford, Toyota Continue Scrap over Small Car Sales

Japanese maker claims victory by just 906 Corollas.

by on Apr.15, 2014

Toyota is claiming the Corolla was the best-selling nameplate in the world in 2013.

The Battle of Worldwide Budget Sales continued today. Less than a week after Ford touted the Focus as the world’s best-selling nameplate, Toyota is saying not so fast.

The debate over the best-selling car in the world has gone back and for between Ford and Toyota for a few years now with Toyota claiming the Corolla has been the top dog. However, Ford has countered that Toyota pads its numbers with variants of the Corolla that really bear little resemblance to the maker’s entry-level model.

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However, this year may be different. (more…)

Ford Declares Focus World’s #1 Nameplate

Toyota may again dispute claims, however.

by on Jan.27, 2014

Ford contends Focus widened its lead over the Toyota Corolla - a claim the Japanese maker disputes.

The Ford Focus is again the world’s best-selling nameplate, according to the Detroit maker, widening its lead over long-time global leader Toyota Corolla as sales of Ford’s compact model surged 16% last year.

But it remains to be seen whether Ford’s claim will go unchallenged. Toyota has repeatedly complained that its sales were being significantly undercounted and contends that the Corolla remained the best-seller in 2012.  It may make a similar counter-claiming for 2013.

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If anything, Ford contends the gap widened by 75,000 units between the Focus and Corolla last year, however, in large part due to growing demand in China where the Ford Focus is now ranked the best-selling passenger car nameplate. Worldwide, buyers registered 856,587 Ford Focus models during the first nine months of 2013, up 16.1%, according to data from global vehicle tracking firm R.L. Polk.


2014 Toyota Corolla Gets “Marginal” Rating in New IIHS Crash Test

Compact model barely passes offset test; does better in other tests.

by on Oct.04, 2013

The 2014 Toyota Corolla received a "marginal" rating on the IIHS frontal overlap crash test. The test is designed to simulate real-world conditions.

Toyota’s touted new Corolla model received a mere “Marginal” rating in a new crash test designed to reflect real-world conditions, though it fared better in other tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Toyota isn’t alone, however. A number of new models, including a half-dozen other small cars, have had problems passing the IIHS small overlap frontal crash test – which is expected to lead to significant vehicle design changes in the coming years.

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But the poor performance of the 2014 Toyota Corolla redesign could be a problem for the maker’s hopes of maintaining the compact sedan’s dominance in its increasingly competitive segment. (more…)